The movie with one of the most weird titles of the year beat all expectations and scored an amazing $54.8 million weekend, proving once again that good word of mouth can carry a movie to great heights. The Change-Up did the opposite, continuing what has been a bad summer for Ryan Reynolds.
A few months ago, if someone made a top 5 list of movies that would most likely bomb at the box office, Rise of the Planet of the Apes would have been on there without a doubt. Fortunately for Fox, this was one flick that grew in a month more then others in a year. With great reviews and even better word of mouth, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened higher then anyone could have expected. I thought Bridesmaids was the surprise hit of the summer until I saw the numbers for Apes, and not just the weekend, it made another $13.3 million on Monday and Tuesday. Right now it amounts to $68.1 million in 5 days, ahead of X-Men: First Class (another Fox prequel-reboot) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra ($67M in 5 days, same release date 2 years ago). With the first at over $145 million while the later above $150 million, I’m sure Rise of the Planet of the Apes will at least make more then those. Truth be told, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for $200+ million cause I’ve seen this one and it deserves that kind of success. Is that a sequel on the horizon?
In 2nd place The Smurfs showed good legs with $20.7 million for a whopping $82.5 million in 12 days. Well, what can I say, good job Sony, you hit the jackpot from a box office point of view. At this rate The Smurfs could go as high as $140 million or more. Sequel? Yes please, says the Sony exec.
3rd place belongs to former number 1, Cowboys & Aliens with $15.7 million for $71 million in 12 days. Yeah, this is bad and for a $163 million (budget) the prospects of a C&A franchise are going down faster then you can say Daniel Craig. I can’t help but ask myself, could Robert Downey Jr. have made a difference in all of this? If it wasn’t for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes turning so popular, it would have been him in Daniel Craig’s role. Oh well, I guess we’ll never know.
The Change-Up was 4th with a lousy $13.5 million, awful opening regardless how you look at it. First Green Lantern and now this, Ryan Reynolds needs a hit pronto! At least his co-star, Jason Bateman, had Horrible Bosses ($106.5M in 33 days and counting).
In 5th place Captain America: The First Avenger grossed $13 million for $146.8 million in 19 days (Thor was at $148.3M after 19 days) while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 made $12.4 million for 6th place. Thanks to the $346.9 million made from tickets sold so far, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is now the highest grossing movie of 2011 in North America and without anything short of a miracle, it should remain there for the rest of the year. Here’s the 2011 top 5 right now:
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $346.9M
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon $345.1M
- The Hangover Part II $253.6M
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $239M
- Fast Five $209.8M